Given that we are aware of our responsibility and influence, we are pursuing the lofty ambition of climate-neutral operations, in this way limiting our harmful emissions and contributing to the achievement of the of the 1.5 degrees Celsius target for global warming defined in the Paris Agreement.
In the first step, we need an all-encompassing balance sheet that lists all our emissions. This should include both emissions that are caused directly by the uvex group such as electricity and gas as well as emissions over which we have an indirect influence, such as those generated along our supply chains. These include waste disposal processes and transportation of products. This gives us the opportunity to determine the specific need for action on the road to climate-neutral operations and to initiate and implement supporting projects and measures in order to systematically minimize greenhouse gases. Unavoidable emissions left over at the end should then be offset with the support of a certified climate protection project, in turn making an additional contribution to mitigating against negative climate impacts.
In order to constantly keep an eye on our progress in relation to achieving these goals, the uvex group as a whole must continually review its actions. To this end, we use our established metric systems allied with the production and further development of the uvex group sustainability report. This allows us to guarantee the maximum degree of transparency for our sustainability activities. After all, it is only by clearly fixing this target in our minds that we are able to establish future-orientated measures and, as such, optimally merge the issues of climate protection, social commitment and sustainable profitability.
The uvex group is also continuing to integrate the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) into its corporate activities. The areas of responsibility include Economic Sustainability, Ecology, Working Conditions and Human Rights in addition to Employees and Society, for which the following sustainability targets have been adopted:
- Economic stability
- Development towards a circular economy - development of environmentally-friendly products
- Increasing energy efficiency
- Optimised material use
- Elimination of harmful substance
- Supply chain management
- Partner-based supplier relationship
- Customer satisfaction
- Vocational and further training
- Work-life integration
- Equal opportunities and diversity
- Social commitment through the Rainer Winter Foundation